Cafe Kreme knows coffee and is passionate about its customers. For this reason we want to teach you how to make good coffee at home.
If lockdown taught us anything last year, it’s that we should be prepared for anything. 2020 saw people brewing their own alcohol, converting their garages into gyms, and missing everything good that baristas and niche coffee shops had to offer. Many people are still hesitant to go out in social settings, and in the name of staying safe and social distancing, Café Kreme wishes to share with you tips and tricks of the trade to make good coffee at home.
Step 1 – Get Good Coffee
The first step to making good coffee is the most obvious, yet the one that many people are not as informed about as they could be: Get. Good. Coffee. Many people think that the difference between good (fancy) coffee is merely a name or the bag that it comes in, but it really is more than that. It’s the difference between craft beer and a normal (insert your brand here) beer, or between cheap wine and a good vintage. This blog has no intention of bashing “normal” commodity coffee, as most of us have been raised on the stuff and have also been saved by many a cup of commodity coffee when the “good” kind was hard to find. Speciality-coffee, is coffee which has been deemed high quality enough by the people who have sensitive and well-trained coffee palates, known as Q graders, who taste the coffees and score them, with only the best tasting coffees being classified as speciality coffees. Speciality coffee is different from normal coffee, from where and how it is grown, to how it’s processed, how it’s exported & how it’s roasted.
At Café Kreme we have tried and tested and tasted and retested and retasted our coffees before putting our Café Kreme stamp of approval on them.
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee is one of the most popular types of coffee in the world. It’s light bodied flavour and delicious aroma makes it the perfect beverage choice. Ethiopia first grew coffee during around 850AD after a young goat herder noticed increased energy in his flock after they ate coffee beans. When the young goat herder also tried the beans, he experienced the effects firsthand, and the world’s infatuation with Ethiopian coffee began. Till today coffee is Ethiopia’s biggest export, with Ethiopia being the fifth largest coffee-producing nation in the world.
Guatemalan coffees are popular because they provide a clean, well-bodied cup with varying degrees of acidity. Guatemala produces 60% more coffee than it did 30 years ago, with the 2016 coffee harvest seeing 3.8 million 60 kilograms bags produced. In Guatemala, there is a chain of 34 volcanoes, with Guatemala’s “Coffee Belt” being found along these volcanoes where the farms benefit from the nutrients found in the volcanic soil. Arabica grows at lower temperatures and higher altitudes and constitutes 98% of Guatemala’s coffee.
Step 2 – Get Good Equipment
The second piece of advice is to choose a good weapon of choice. This may be a bean to cup coffee machine. While many people aren’t aware that operating an espresso machine takes skill and training, a “press a button, get an espresso” machine is a good option for at home coffee lovers. Traditional espresso machines have a separate espresso machine and grinder, with modern espresso machines having integrated grinders. While these are great machines to use, there is a lot of skill required and a lot of time will be saved buying pre-ground coffee, which as discussed earlier is a no-no in the first step of buying “good coffee”.
All in all, the combination of a good coffee blend with a good quality (which does not necessarily mean expensive) coffee machine, will make the good coffee that we all missed so much during lockdown and would like to experience in the comfort of our own home on an early Sunday morning without having to do the dreaded coffee run sans make up or post late night.